Coming from someone who has grown up (and still lives) in the hood, who has seen the struggles of urban life and small-town life, I will be blunt and say that I hate capitalism. I hate the greed that it causes in people, to the point that the definitions for want and need are blurred. We idolize rich celebrities and the 1% who uses us as a way to show that they still “connect” with the people. These people will go out of their way to march with us to make us believe that they care but the next day, they’ll be playing golf, not caring about how golf courses destroy the very planet we live on. Don’t get me wrong, there are celebs and rich folks who truly do care about the issues in the world, but how can you expect most poor and working-class people to relate with you if you have so much money that you can literally buy people if you wanted to? As an artist, I do have this desperate need to become known. Not exactly famous or even rich, but to be known for my talents and creativity. But I have an itch to become known, all creative people do, but should this mean that I should just throw away my personal beliefs in order to be loved by those who would probably only love me because of my success? Who would suck me out dry of my wealth as the mosquito does with blood? As I said before, I hate capitalism and I honestly can’t stand rich people all that much, but since I live in a capitalist society, I have to rely on it just to get by. I want to make a living writing and singing my songs and performing but I don’t want to lose who I am. I don’t want to become societies definition of successful. I want to become my own definition of success and that is helping the community. Helping the people. I mean If I were to come upon billion dollars of wealth, why should I hold onto it as fiercely as the dragon does with gold? Why not give it back to the people who need it more than me? To build up the people that society has not only failed but wants to keep at the bottom. Why not help people like me? If I do get that chance, to achieve my dream of singing and writing music and performing around the world, I will help people. I probably won’t make a dent in the world, but if I can just help those who are in the same position that I’m in. Who are struggling like me and show them that in order to be successful you don’t need to have an excessive material and physical wealth, that will make me truly happy.
~a sleepy ghost~